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St. Joseph carrying the Child Jesus on the left arm by Pieter van Lint.

Vatican adds seven invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

The Congregation for Divine Worship said "it appeared opportune to update the Litany in honor of Saint Joseph, approved by... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Pope Francis may soon appoint Cardinal Sarah's successor

The appointment of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s successor as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of... Read more

Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the auletta of the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 14, 2019.

Visitation at Vatican’s liturgy office before Cardinal Sarah’s successor announced

An Italian bishop is carrying out a visitation at the Vatican’s liturgy office less than a month after Cardinal Robert... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Who might be Cardinal Sarah's successor?

After Robert Cardinal Sarah's retirement as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments, the big... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah. CNA file photo.

Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Robert Sarah's resignation from divine worship congregation

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Holy Week 2021: Vatican issues guidelines for Catholics amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of... Read more

Bishop James Wall of Gallup says Mass ad orientem at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

US bishops adjust liturgical translation following concern of CDW

The US bishops' conference last week decreed that in the translation of the conclusion of collects in the Roman Missal,... Read more

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday 2021: Vatican offers guidance on ash distribution amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Vatican gave guidance Tuesday about how priests can distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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Vatican’s liturgy congregation stresses importance of Sunday of the Word of God

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation issued a note Saturday encouraging Catholic parishes around the world to celebrate the Sunday of the... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in Rome on Nov. 25, 2014.

Vatican permits priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, the Solemnity of Mary,... Read more

Vatican upholds bishop over reception of Communion on tongue

The secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship wrote to a petitioner last month rejecting their appeal against the Bishop... Read more

Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark says Mass at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark.

English bishops adjust liturgical translation, following concern of CDW

The English and Welsh bishops' conference has decreed that in the translation of the conclusion of collects in the Roman... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Cardinal Sarah: ‘We must return to the Eucharist’

In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Cardinal Sarah remains head of Vatican liturgy department after 75th birthday

Cardinal Robert Sarah said Wednesday he would continue to serve as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship beyond his... Read more

'Quomodo sedet sola civitas' - a stripped altar on Holy Thursday 2015 at Mater Dei parish in Irving, Texas.

Vatican updates guidelines for Holy Week liturgies during coronavirus

After dioceses throughout the world suspended public Masses amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Congregation for Divine Worship has updated its... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Vatican: Easter date can not be changed, despite coronavirus

The Vatican department for liturgy published guidelines Friday for bishops and priests on the celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum,... Read more

Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the auletta of the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 14, 2019.

Liturgy is not 'styles, recipes, trends,' pope tells Divine Worship congregation

The liturgy, Pope Francis said Thursday, cannot be reduced to a matter of taste, becoming the subject of ideological polarization,... Read more

Pope St. Paul VI. Public Domain.

St. Paul VI’s feast to be celebrated May 29

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope St. Paul VI’s feast day will be celebrated annually on May 29 as an... Read more

Gluten and Communion: What's a celiac to do?

On a Saturday morning in July last year, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued... Read more

Pope Francis incenses the altar during Mass in Gyumri Armenia June 25, 2016.

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as... Read more